This study compares the characteristics of people in crisis situations who need short term interventions with those who need long term interventions. The study is based on clients seeking help at the CIC in Vienna during the years 1980-84. Short-term clients were more likely to be male, over 30, working in a profession, & not constricted. Long-term clients were more often female, not working, under 30, & constricted. The long-term group had 2.3 times more problems than the short-term group.